If you have changes in taste

You may find that food tastes different during treatment, although this is usually temporary. You may no longer enjoy certain foods or find that all foods taste the same. Food may taste very sweet or salty, or you may have a metallic taste in your mouth. Occasionally people lose their sense of taste, but this usually comes back.

  • Eat foods that you enjoy and ignore those that do not appeal to you. But try them again after a few weeks, as your sense of taste may have changed.
  • Use seasonings, spices and herbs such as pepper, cumin or rosemary to flavour your cooking. But if your mouth is sore, you may find that some spices and seasonings make it worse.
  • Try marinating meat in fruit juices or wine, or cook it in strong sauces such as curry or sweet and sour. But be careful if your mouth is sore, as these sauces may feel painful to eat.
  • Cold meats may taste better served with pickle or chutney.
  • Sharp-tasting foods such as fresh fruit, fruit juices and sour or boiled sweets can be refreshing and leave a pleasant taste in your mouth. Be careful if your mouth is sore as these may be painful to eat.
  • If you no longer like tea or coffee, try lemon tea or a cold, fizzy drink such as lemonade.
  • Some people find that cold foods taste better than hot foods. If your sense of taste or smell has changed, it can sometimes help to serve food at room temperature.
  • Serve fish, chicken, red meat and egg dishes with sauces.
  • If you notice a metallic taste in your mouth, try using plastic cutlery.